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|7/9/2012 - Those of us who have long been describing the pharmaceutical industry as a "criminal racket" over the last few years have been wholly vindicated by recent news. Drug and vaccine manufacturer Merck was caught red-handed by two of its own scientists faking vaccine efficacy data by spiking blood samples...|
|6/28/2012 - Breaking news: According to two Merck scientists who filed a False Claims Act complaint in 2010 -- a complaint which has just now been unsealed -- vaccine manufacturer Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test data, spiked blood samples with animal antibodies, sold a vaccine that actually promoted...|
|6/26/2012 - On April 27, 2012, a formal complaint was filed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Federal District Court accusing Merck of a longstanding scheme to mislead and defraud Government health authorities worldwide. Two of Merck's former employees have accused the pharmaceutical giant of marketing multivalent MMR...|
|6/22/2012 10:35:39 AM - The same multinational drug company responsible for thrusting the Gardasil vaccine on masses of young boys and girls is now targeting children with a deceptive new advertising campaign that likens allergy medication to candy.
Adweek and others are reporting that Merck & Co. has leeched itself onto...|
|5/9/2012 - Most Americans have no idea what truly went on behind closed doors during the crafting and illegitimate passing of Obamacare, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But a congressional investigation currently underway is seeking to unearth the dirty details, including how drug...|
|4/26/2012 - Drug giant Merck & Co., creator of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil, has been ordered by a federal judge in Boston, Mass., to fork over $321 million in criminal fines for illegally marketing Vioxx, a dangerous painkiller drug that was pulled from the market in 2004 because taking the...|
|4/14/2012 - Hey, men! Looking for a way to ruin your sex life and become infertile? Try Propecia or Proscar, two drugs from the vaccine giant Merck, whose top vaccine scientist Dr. Maurice Hilleman already admitted that Merck's vaccines contained "stealth viruses" that cause cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/033584_Dr_Maurice_Hilleman_SV40.html).
|2/2/2012 - When you buy Microsoft products, you are now promoting the pharmaceutical industry and its global vaccine agenda. That's the new reality in which we live, where the world's largest software company is "in bed" with the world's largest vaccine pusher.
How so? In 2009, Microsoft purchased a key piece...|
|10/14/2011 - If you are considering vaccinating your child with an HPV vaccine, what information have you read, and what questions have you asked?What do you KNOW about the human papillomaviruses (HPV) which the medical profession says causes cervical cancer?
If you are going to vaccinate your child on the word...|
|10/12/2011 - After months of quietly making its way through both the California House of Representatives and the Senate, Assembly Bill 499 (AB 499) has now officially been signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill allows for children as young as 12 to be vaccinated against sexually transmitted diseases...|
|9/15/2011 - One of the most prominent vaccine scientists in the history of the vaccine industry -- a Merck scientist -- made a recording where he openly admits that vaccines given to Americans were contaminated with leukemia and cancer viruses. In response, his colleagues (who are also recorded here) break out...|
|9/7/2011 - When a corrupt medical group wants to discourage dissidence from within, it targets a high profile figure to disgrace. This intimidates others from doing the right thing if it disrupts the lies and profits of Big Pharma.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield was a high profile scapegoat, smeared with lies from the...|
|1/25/2011 - In the face of increasing reports of adverse events and death rates that are 400% higher than other vaccines, Merck continues to maintain that its controversial Gardasil vaccine is safe and continues to push for wider use. One group Merck would especially like to gain approval for is older women (currently,...|
|10/25/2010 - A new Merck funded study has concluded that Merck's controversial Gardasil HPV vaccine poses no risk for developing autoimmune conditions. The conclusions come as no surprise to those who have seen self-serving results from previous Merck funded studies, many of which were later proven false or misleading....|
|2/20/2010 - This article refers to the parody cartoon found at (http://www.naturalnews.com/028211_vaccines_Merck.html). This parody cartoon grew out of the idea that vaccines are "shots" that are being increasingly forced upon children and teens. At times, these vaccines are enforced at gunpoint or with the presence...|
|1/15/2010 - A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has revealed that information about heart risks from pharmaceutical giant Merck's Vioxx drug was available in 2000, four years before the Merck pulled the drug from the market. Because the information was not published and made public, Merck...|
|1/1/2010 - 2009 has been a crazy year for health and medicine. It was the year that Congress rammed through a mandatory health "reform" bill that violates the U.S. Constitution in forcing all Americans to buy government-mandated products and services from greedy corporations. Although it hasn't been signed into...|
|12/22/2009 - You've heard it before, how the pharmaceutical industry has a giant "revolving door" through which corporations and government agencies frequently exchange key employees. That reality was driven home in a huge way today when news broke that Dr. Julie Gerberding, who headed the CDC from 2002 through...|
|12/8/2009 - Pharmaceutical manufacturers would never knowingly withhold, gloss over or otherwise ignore evidence that any of their drugs could be killing people, right? Wrong. Take the case of Big Pharma giant Merck -- the company kept a dangerous drug, Vioxx, on the market for years as tens of thousands died from...|
|11/25/2009 - The Vioxx scandal widened this week as new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that Vioxx maker Merck held data for three years that proved Vioxx caused an alarming increase in the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And yet Merck chose not to release that data. In fact, it...|
|10/12/2009 - Last week, NaturalNews reported public statements attributed to Dr. Diane Harper, a researcher who worked on both the Gardasil and Cevarix vaccines. A story appearing in the UK paper Sunday Express, entitled "Jab as deadly as the cancer," quoted Dr. Harper as saying the cervical cancer vaccine might...|
|10/7/2009 - It was revealed that a handful of the activist agencies which were behind the petition to the EPA to regulate nano-silver as a pesticide received funding from pharmaceutical giant Merck, which annually has hundreds of billions of dollars in profits from patented antibiotics which colloidal silver poses...|
|10/5/2009 - U.S. health officials said on Friday they suspect Merck`s blockbuster diabetes drug Januvia to be linked to pancreatitis, a potentially fatal condition marked by serious inflammation of the pancreas. As might be expected, Merck company officials disputed the connection.
According to the Food and...|
|9/28/2009 - Previously secret documents that surfaced at a Vioxx court case in April of this year reveal pharmaceutical giant Merck maintained a "hit list" of doctors to be "neutralized" for speaking out against Vioxx. Although this story was reported on NaturalNews and other sites in April, Merck's involvement...|
|6/10/2009 - According to an article in The Australian by Milanda Rout, the folks at Merck are threatening the livelihoods of doctors who dare to have negative opinions about its drugs. Apparently, this fact was revealed in a very interesting e-mail that surfaced in a federal courtroom in Melbourne during a class...|
|9/25/2008 - Merck, manufacturer of the controversial Gardasil vaccine, has awarded a research grant of $79,000.00 to two Indiana University Kelley School of Business professors to study the effect of two interventions on acceptance of the HPV vaccination among low-income and minority women, according to a press...|
|9/4/2008 - Documents on the FDA Web site reveal that pharmaceutical companies Merck and Schering-Plough conducted numerous safety studies on the popular cholesterol drug Zetia but did not publish the results, which suggested that the drug may cause liver damage when mixed with statins.
Zetia is a trade name...|
|8/18/2008 - The long-awaited release of the results from a clinical trial of Merck and Schering-Plough's cholesterol drug Vytorin has renewed allegations that the companies deliberately delayed in making the study data public.
"It is easy to conclude that Merck and Schering-Plough intentionally sought to delay...|
|7/24/2008 - For the third time, Merck is seeking FDA approval for over-the-counter sale of its cholesterol-lowering statin medication lovastatin, marketed under the brand name Mevacor.
An FDA advisory panel voted against approving the drug for over-the-counter use on December 14, 2007. The recommendations of...|
|5/1/2008 - A new FDA report, obtained and brought to the attention of the public by Karl Stark of the Philadelphia Inquirer and available to anyone via the federal Freedom of Information Action Act (FOIA), reveals that a Merck vaccine plant located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was cited for 49 items, including...|
|4/29/2008 - Merck, the maker of the very controversial Gardasil vaccine, has a pharmaceutical plant located in West Point, Pennsylvania, that discards pollutants from this facility into the Upper Gwynedd Township Publicly Owned Treatment Works (UGT POTW), according to a press release by the U.S. Department of Justice....|
|4/20/2008 - Pharmaceutical corporation Merck & Co., Inc., is advertising the results of a recent trial that found its human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil to be effective in women between the ages of 25 and 45.
HPV is a common virus group, the members of which are responsible for a variety of health conditions...|
|4/18/2008 - Drug giant Merck has been caught red-handed in a scheme to deceive the FDA and the public over the integrity of its scientific studies, say top medical authorities. According to reports that were (amazingly!) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and detailed in the Washington...|
|2/15/2008 - The city and state of New York have filed a joint lawsuit against Merck & Company for deliberately concealing the dangers of its painkiller Vioxx, thereby defrauding public health programs out of millions of dollars in prescription costs.
"Merck's irresponsible and duplicitous conduct endangered...|
|2/4/2008 - An expert panel working with the FDA recently voted 10 to 2 against approving Merck's statin drug Mevacor for over-the-counter (OTC) sales. The FDA could potentially ignore this recent vote and approve Merck's request but this is not a likely scenario considering the results of a recent Merck sponsored...|
|1/16/2008 - (NaturalNews opinion) The latest round of scientific fraud from Big Pharma arrives in the form of yet more junk science conducted by Merck on its blockbuster cholesterol drug Vytorin. Results of a clinical trial involving the drug were finally released this week, nearly two years after they were known...|
|1/11/2008 - (NaturalNews Editorial) It's no surprise these days to hear about a pharmaceutical company committing scientific fraud and distorting clinical trials to get the results they want, but it's unusual to see it done as blatantly and arrogantly as what you're about to see here.
In June, 2002, Merck and...|
|2/26/2007 - American pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. for years held offshore accounts in Bermuda to hold patents for two of its drugs, and then used the royalties from these patents as tax deductions in the United States.
On Wednesday, the company agreed to pay $2.3 billion to the Internal Revenue Service,...|
|2/22/2007 - Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Inc. announced this week that it will no longer lobby state governments for mandatory vaccination of school-age girls against human papillomavirus (HPV) strains that cause cervical cancer. Previously, Merck had been lobbying legislators to require the administration...|
|2/20/2007 - This month, health freedom advocates celebrated when both the House and Senate of the Virginia Legislature passed Abraham's Law (HB 2314 /SB 905), a parents' rights law named for cancer patient Abraham Cherrix. But critics are saying that the victory has been darkened by another bill; one that makes...|
|2/7/2007 - (NaturalNews / Opinion) This is an important health freedom update from Mike Adams. If you believe in your health freedom, and you believe that forced vaccinations of children have gone too far, then you need to know the real story about what's happening in Texas right now.
On Friday, Feb. 2, Texas...|
|12/12/2006 - German pharmaceutical giant Merck announced last week that it would collaborate with a Chinese pharmaceutical company to develop new cancer drugs based on traditional Chinese herbs and botanical medicines.
Hong Kong-based Chi-Med -- a pharmaceutical firm that develops consumer health products from...|
|12/4/2006 - Thailand announced last week that because of rising prices of foreign-made HIV/AIDS drugs, it would issue a five-year license to manufacture an inexpensive generic version of Merck & Co.'s Efavirenz drug.
Though Merck -- which holds the patent on Efavirenz -- criticized the military Thai government's...|
|11/14/2006 - A safety study of Merck's latest Cox-2 drug Arcoxia -- meant to replace the painkiller Vioxx -- found that it poses the same heart risks as an older arthritis medication, which experts say could hinder its FDA approval.
The Arcoxia study -- presented at yesterday's meeting of the American Heart Association...|
|10/2/2006 - The UK branch of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. was recently suspended from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) after "serious breaches" were discovered in its ethical conduct.
Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd (MSD) recently engaged in a campaign to promote its prescription blood...|
|8/17/2006 - A New Orleans jury deciding a case brought against Vioxx maker Merck & Co. by a heart attack victim says the pharmaceutical firm should pay the plaintiff $50 million in compensatory damages.
Gerald Barnett, a 62-year-old retired FBI agent, took Vioxx for 31 months before he suffered a heart attack...|
|8/2/2006 - Fosamax, the popular osteoporosis drug made by Merck, has now been linked to a condition called osteonecrosis according to findings published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. This rare disease causes a patientís jawbone to rot and die. Merck also makes Vioxx, which was pulled off the...|
|7/21/2006 - Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the inspector general at the Health and Human Services Department to investigate whether the FDA conspired with drug maker Merck to discredit the safety findings of FDA drug safety official Dr. David Graham.
In a letter to Inspector General Daniel Levinson,...|
|7/17/2006 - Former Vioxx users could be at risk of developing strokes for years, a prominent scientist said this week after evaluating new data from a 107-page report on patients who were followed for a year after they stopped the drug
"It may be that Vioxx is causing permanent damage to the cardiovascular system,...|
|6/29/2006 - -- The former head of Merck & Co.'s research labs testified in a California Vioxx trial that the drug company failed to inform the FDA of two studies showing that Vioxx users were more likely to die than patients given a placebo.
Dr. Edward Scolnick testified in a videotaped deposition that he did...|
|3/29/2006 - There's something fishy going on at the Cleveland Clinic. In a surprising move in December 2005, the prestigious clinic removed Dr. Eric Topol, a well-known cardiologist and vocal critic of Merck's prescription Vioxx arthritis medication, from his position as chief academic officer at the hospital's...|
|2/15/2006 - As if things weren't bad enough for pharmaceutical giant Merck and Co., the picture just got a little grimmer. Already facing tremendous heat and a long line of lawsuits over Vioxx -- its arthritis medication that was pulled off the market in September 2004 after it was determined to increase heart...|
|10/19/2005 - One of the things I've observed while doing public speaking, being a part of business councils and interacting with a lot of well-connected people in society, is that many people work with the pharmaceutical company known as Merck. Merck seems to be everywhere, with drug reps, consultants, marketing...|
|9/22/2005 - You have probably seen your nurse insert a syringe into a large vial, extract some liquid, and then leave a substantial amount of vaccine in the original container. If you've witnessed this seemingly benign procedure, you've seen how vaccine manufacturers are saving money at the expense of public health....|
|8/19/2005 - It's simultaneously a milestone for consumer advocacy and a major setback for Big Pharma: a Texas jury has found Merck & Co. liable for the death of a Vioxx patient, and it has awarded the widow $253.4 million in damages. The 10-2 jury vote sends a powerful message to drug companies around the globe:...|
|8/6/2005 - "What are the long-term benefits of your being able to bring value to the relationship with our customers?" Merck asked sales trainees in a PowerPoint slide captioned "The Payoff." "Bonus," appeared on the next slide, showing a sales representative holding a glowing bag of money. This is from a company...|
|5/17/2005 - Just when I thought I was done criticizing Merck, new evidence surfaces that gives us another reason to discuss some of the outrageous behavior by this pharmaceutical company. The latest news concerns Merck's attempts to suppress and discredit a study linking Vioxx with heart attacks. This comes out...|
|4/17/2005 - Every once in a while, a prescription drug comes along that has the potential to actually help people. In this article, I will be discussing the PYY3-36 Appetite Control Nasal Spray made by a company called Nastech. This is an upcoming prescription drug product still in Phase II testing that could someday...|
|1/1/2005 - Pharmaceutical giant Merck is now under scrutiny by the Justice Department, which has begun a criminal investigation into the firmís marketing of the painkiller Vioxx (withdrawn from the market on September 30, 2004). Since that time, the Vioxx scandal has expanded thanks in part to the publication...|
|12/27/2004 - Merck, already under fire for its Vioxx scandal and now undergoing criminal investigation by the Justice Department, is now also being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). The SEC is wondering whether Merck misled investors by failing to disclose facts concerning the harmful...|
|11/6/2004 - "...the agencyís senior management is more concerned with external appearance than rigorous science." -- Dr. Richard Horton, editor, The Lancet
The reputation of both the FDA and Merck lies in shambles today after evidence continues to surface that shows the FDA knowingly approved, promoted and refused...|
|11/6/2004 - The truth has finally come out about Vioxx: insider emails published by the Wall Street Journal reveal that Merck, the maker of Vioxx, was fully aware of the health risks of its COX-2 inhibitor anti-inflammatory drug as early as March, 2000. As is apparent from the published emails, there was a concerted...|
|10/4/2004 - There is a new national uproar over a prescription drug, Vioxx, which has been an extremely popular anti-inflammatory drug manufactured and marketed by Merck. Vioxx was recently pulled from the market by Merck after studies revealed the drug increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the...|
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|7/14/2004 - There's little doubt that the new cholesterol guidelines are a major handout to pharmaceutical companies (like Merck and Pfizer) who manufacture statin drugs. In my view, this is part of the reason the guidelines were put in place: to sell more prescription drugs. What's my evidence on that? It's more...|
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